• 61°

High school basketball: Salisbury boys get it done with one good quarter

Salisbury’s Nate Brown has been a force for a while and scored 10 in the fourth quarter on Friday.  Photo by Wayne Hinshaw for the Salisbury Post.

 

By Mike London

mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Salisbury head boys basketball coach Bryan Withers spent three quarters pleading with his team to wake up.

The alarm clock finally went off in the fourth quarter, and the Hornets subdued Oak Grove for a 57-39 Central Carolina Conference win.

Cameron Stout kept the Hornets’ heads above water through some tough times with three 3-pointers and 7-for-14 shooting for 17 points. Nate Brown got 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter.

It was more difficult than the final score sounds. The Hornets (5-3, 5-0) trailed by as many as seven points in the first half and were only up five going to the fourth quarter. That’s when they decided to take care of business, out-muscling and over-powering the visitors by making good use of much thicker bodies.

“We weren’t ready to play, and I could see it in warmups, which is when I started yelling at them,” Withers said. “Then I had to bench the starters in the first quarter because we still weren’t ready to play. Jalon Walker comes in the locker room at halftime and says, ‘Guys, we’re not playing,’ and Jalon was right.”

Salisbury stumbled to halftime in a 25-all tie, and knew it was lucky to be even.

The third quarter wasn’t easy to watch. Salisbury was brutal offensively, but on the defensive end, the Hornets did what they had to. Stop after stop. The Grizzlies (2-5, 2-3) got just two points in the period. Salisbury managed seven.

“We are offensively challenged,” Withers said.  “But we can grind. We can defend.”

The Hornets led by two with seven minutes left when Stout nailed a critical 3-pointer from the right side. Freshman guard Deuce Walker got the ball to Brown for an easy one, and then Brown hit the offensive glass to score again. Then quick freshman guard Mike Geter got to the rim for a three-point play.

Next, Jalon Walker, the acclaimed football prospect, took over athletically for a few minutes, blocking shots, getting every rebound and adding a couple of stickbacks. He scattered bodies in all directions and jumped a foot higher than everyone else. Suddenly, the Hornets were up 15, and it was over.

“Engaged” is the popular coachspeak these days, In the fourth quarter, the Hornets were engaged.

“We only played a half on Tuesday and we only played a quarter tonight,” Withers said. “But we found a way. This sets up a big game for us with Ledford on Tuesday.”

Salisbury, which has won its last five games, had a 34-18 edge in points in the paint and a 15-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Stout and Jalon Walker had nine rebounds each.

Salisbury held Oak Grove to 29-percent shooting. Oak Grove got 12 points from Kahleb Craven and 10 from Ethan Whitaker.

The Hornets made 18 turnovers. They’ll have to take care of the ball better than that to beat Ledford.

An injury to senior Javon Smith means the Hornets will be relying on the freshmen Geter and Deuce Walker to do the bulk of the ballhandling. Deuce had six assists on Friday.

 

OAK GROVE (39) — Craven 12, Whitaker 10, Stinson 5, Poole 4, Hester 3, Suarez 3, Long 2, Stephens, Johnston, Crook.

SALISBURY (57) — Stout 17, Brown 15, Geter 7, J. Walker 7, Wells 4, Witherspoon 4, Antosek 2, Chunn 1, D. Walker, Harry, Murphy, Lockhart, Webb.

Oak Grove     13    12    2    12 — 39

Salisbury       12    13    7    25 — 57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls are being exposed to the exciting sport of volleyball earlier in Rowan County now, but Queens University signee Kaylin “KK” Dowling may have had the youngest start in history.

When she was

SALISBURY —

 

 

OAK GROVE (39) — xxxx

SALISBURY (57) — Stout 17, Brown 15, J. Walker 7, Geter 7, Witherspoon 4, Wells 4, Antosek 2, Chunn 1, D. Walker, Lockhart, Murphy, Webb.

Oak Grove    13     12     2     12   — 39

Salisbury     11      14     7     25  —  57

 

Comments

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found in woman’s Park Avenue apartment

Crime

Man faces assault charges for domestic incident

High School

Photo gallery: Carson girls win West Regional, headed to state championship

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls headed to state championship game

Local

Commissioners set date for public hearing on potential solar energy system rule changes

Health

Two of Rep. Sasser’s bills successfully pass through Health Committee

Local

Rep. Warren’s measure to allow removal of public notices from newspapers put on back burner

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs future of previously rejected housing development

Local

Salisbury City Council hears public comments, receives presentation on Main Street reconfiguration

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with felony drug offenses

Nation/World

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

Nation/World

Biden vows enough vaccines by end of May

Coronavirus

State to vaccinate medically vulnerable starting March 24

Coronavirus

One new death, 20 new COVID-19 positives reported in Rowan

Kannapolis

Kannapolis man dies in moped crash

Crime

Salisbury Police chief addresses K-9 video, says officer separated from animal

Local

Rowan Rescue Squad sets record straight on fundraising typo

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

Local

Veto override of NC school reopening bill fails in Senate

News

Political Notebook: Majority of likely voters, local legislators support school reopening bill

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccinations in Rowan top positives since start of pandemic